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Previous Game: Ducks Thwarted Again by Quick, Drop Game 2 to Kings, 3-1

Tuesday, 05.6.2014 / 9:00 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Thwarted Again by Quick, Drop Game 2 to Kings, 3-1
ANAHEIM – Try as they might, the Anaheim Ducks just can’t seem to figure out Jonathan Quick.

For the second straight game, the Kings goaltender was nearly infallible, this time stopping 36 Ducks shots to lead LA to a 2-1 victory in Game 2 and a 2-0 lead in this unprecedented Battle for California series.

The Ducks outshot the Kings 37-17 in the game, including 27-9 in the final two periods, but a 4-on-3 goal midway through the first period was the only scoring they could generate.

"I’m ticked off right now," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "We’re in playoff time right now. There are no excuses for anything. We have to be better, I have to be better, and I expect our group to respond."

Anaheim’s desperation for a tying goal extended through the game's last 50 minutes, peaking with them sending goalie Jonas Hiller to the bench for an extra attacker with a little over a minute left. But the Ducks couldn’t get a shot off, and LA’s Dwight King chased down the puck in the Anaheim end and threw it into the open net.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was complimentary of Quick, but said his Ducks made things easy on him.

"He was pretty good tonight, but if you don’t get traffic in front of him and you don’t go to the net, you’re not going to score," Boudreau said. "If he can see everything, he’s going to stop it. There were no second chances. They blocked out. We didn’t get to the front of the net to get the rebounds for the dirty, greasy goals that we got all year. If we continue to play the perimeter, we’re not going to have success against him."

Marian Gaborik, the hero of Game 1 for the Kings, continued his hot play with the first goal of the game tonight. Just 34 seconds after the opening faceoff, Gaborik snuck in front of Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy and lifted a wrister past Hiller.

"That’s not the start that we expect of our group, especially us up front," Getzlaf said. "That’s not the way we can start a hockey game. That’s on us. We tried to work and get back at it after that. You can’t sulk on those things. We were able to respond pretty quickly after that."

Indeed, Anaheim got even near the midway point of the first thanks to a 4-on-3 power play stemming from a Drew Doughty hooking minor. Patrick Maroon attempted a blind pass across the crease, but it deflected off Kings d-man Jake Muzzin over the stripe.

LA went back in front with a little less than eight minutes left in the first when Alec Martinez (who scored the first goal of Game 1), hammered a slap shot that got behind Hiller. That would hold up as the game-winner, as the Kings defense was outstanding all night.

It started with Quick, who allowed precious few rebound opportunities, but extended beyond their net, as the Ducks had difficulty connecting on passes throughout the evening.

"You have to battle through that," said Ducks winger Corey Perry. "If you’re going to accept that, you’re not going to have any chances to score. We had a lot of shots, but the quality of second opportunities we didn’t have.

"He saw a lot of pucks tonight. That’s the frustrating part because we talked about that before the game."

The series shifts up the freeway to Los Angeles, starting with Thursday’s Game 3 at Staples Center.

"It’s a tough building to play in, but we’ve won there before," Perry said. "Hopefully we can go in and play that road game that we want to play. We’ve had success on the road this year, and hopefully we can do that."

The Ducks, who won four out of five against the Kings this regular season, took both meetings at Staples Center.

"We're depressed right now, but we'll build ourselves up tomorrow and be ready to go Thursday," said Boudreau. "This series isn't over. We can go to Staples Center, get a few bounces and bring this series back tied."




1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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